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Nannini puts Juncos on pole in Indy Nxt for first time since 2019

by Ida Wood

Matteo Nannini claimed Juncos Hollinger Racing’s first pole in Indy Nxt since the 2019 season by topping qualifying on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course.

Friday started with a 50-minute practice session, which HMD Motorsports’ Kyffin Simpson topped by 0.1137 seconds over Andretti Autosport’s Hunter McElrea. Nannini was fourth fastest, 0.2821s off the pace, with the top 16 covered by less than nine tenths of a second.

For Nannini to then top qualifying was a surprise, having featured far down the qualifying order in the previous two rounds.

However he managed to get a lap in good enough for pole early in the qualifying session, and was fastest by 0.1273s over McElrea.

Only 0.0603s further behind was Louis Foster in another of Andretti’s cars, then a HMD quartet filled the next four positions. The session was just as close as practice, with 0.9559s covering the top 17 and under half a second splitting the top eight.

Championship leader Christian Rasmussen will start Saturday’s race from sixth place, while Rasmus Lindh will start 10th for his first outing with Juncos since 2021. He has replaced Reece Gold, who has joined HMD and qualified 15th.

Qualifying results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Matteo Nannini Juncos Racing 1m15.3194s 6
2 Hunter McElrea Andretti Autosport 1m15.4467s +0.1273s 6
3 Louis Foster Andretti Autosport 1m15.5070s +0.1876s 6
4 Kyffin Simpson HMD Motorsports 1m15.5334s +0.2140s 6
5 Josh Green HMD Motorsports 1m15.6517s +0.3323s 6
6 Christian Rasmussen HMD Motorsports 1m15.6814s +0.3620s 7
7 Josh Pierson HMD Motorsports 1m15.7763s +0.4569s 6
8 James Roe Jr Andretti Autosport 1m15.7949s +0.4755s 6
9 Jacob Abel Abel Motorsports 1m15.8840s +0.5646s 7
10 Rasmus Lindh Juncos Racing 1m15.9196s +0.6002s 6
11 Enaam Ahmed Cape Motorsports 1m15.9371s +0.6177s 7
12 Danial Frost HMD Motorsports 1m15.9399s +0.6205s 7
13 Colin Kaminsky Abel Motorsports 1m16.0357s +0.7163s 7
14 Jamie Chadwick Andretti Autosport 1m16.0817s +0.7623s 6
15 Reece Gold HMD Motorsports 1m16.0982s +0.7788s 6
16 Nolan Siegel HMD Motorsports 1m16.2173s +0.8979s 7
17 Jagger Jones Cape Motorsports 1m16.2753s +0.9559s 6
18 Christian Bogle HMD Motorsports 1m16.4292s +1.1098s 6